Real Levers Brake Lever

Real Levers

User Reviews (20)

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Quo Vadis   Cross Country Rider [Jan 08, 2002]
Strength:

tough, powerful, LIGHT

Weakness:

cost...but i got them free ;)

great levers, expensive but worth it, blue is a nice color

Similar Products Used: OEM Specialized levers
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5
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4
VINCE   weekend warrior [Jul 19, 1997]

OK, to all of you guys having slop problem with your lever, here's your fix. This technique is developed by the parts department manager at the shop I work at(http://www.westerncycle.com). His name is Darin, if you guys want to give him a shout about any other weird question, he will be happy to help...Anyways, these levers have too much play right from the box, so this is what he helped me do today. We cracked opened a bag of XT v-brake shim kit(a few bucks) and we removed the c-clip that's holding the pin, which is holding your lever on. Now, remove the allen screw and put it in a safe place. Slide the pin out and take out the lever. Now, put a few(depending how much play you got) shims between the lever and the holder. Reinstall the whole thing, scerw the allen screw back in. If you used too many shims, you will not be able to put the c-clip back on. If you have too little, it will still have play after you put everything back together. Now, you still want a bit of play so that it won't wear out the bushings in there too quickly, but you can remove a lot of play this way.We have done this on a few other levers, as long as you keep doing this, it's a pretty sweet lever. Light and have a pretty good feel. But this play thing is a real problem. A normal bolt and nut assembly like the ones on Diacompe would have been much better.The one thing that really bugs me about Real products is their tolerancing. I got their BB last year during a special and it have play in it that you can't take out. The axle/bearing have too much room between each other, so no matter how tighter you turn the bearings, the axle is not fully contacting the inner race of bearings, creating play. No, I don't get no warranty because the Canadian distributor didn't have anything for me. Same goes for my friend who got the ti version. Same deal, no help. these levers are no better. I work as an engineer in a manufacturing firm and we routinely tap metal for screws/nuts. Now, if the thread is really hard to engage or rough, we will re-work it or throw the piece away. Not these guys, the barrel adjust threading in the lever(not the adjuster itself) is really rough and I had to work it a lot to actually get my left threads to engage properly. At the end, I just cleaned it up with my own tap set. But man, that's bad news for a set of high price lever.Other than their play problem and crappy tolerances, they are pretty good lever.4 stars for weight, appearance and design intent, -1 for play, -1 for bad tolerancing.

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2
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Big Shooter   cross-country rider [May 07, 1996]



I got these levers at an incredible price from Bike World off the net. I am very pleased with them, they are built well and very smooth and light. The leverage adjustment featurue along with the reach is nice. I have found that for the money I paid, and what you can still get them for if you look, that these levers are an incredible lever just as nice as anything out there. Sure, I wish they worked better with v-brakes, but they will work. Anyways, if you are not looking at V-Brakes, I feel these are the best lever for the money out there.

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4
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Rodel Padua   cross-country rider [Mar 29, 1996]



These are very well made levers with incredibly smooth action. They allow for more cable pull than th eAvid levers I am currently using and offer a more solid feel. They are adjustable for both leverage and reach although leverage cannot be adjusted on the fly. At the price I feel they are a better buy than the Avids and a fine lever all around. Problems? The lever has such tight tolerances between the bushings and lever that contamination with dirt may inhibit lever return untill broken in. Increasing brake spring tension can compensate for this. The reach adjustment screws need to be lock tighted to stay in place or they will rattle out.

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4
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Justin   Racer [Aug 09, 1999]
Strength:

Light
Nice black finish, goes well with my all black bike
VERY Powerful

Weakness:

cable won't stay in short cable pull aka less powerful hole in the lever.

These levers are worth the $25 entry fee that I paid to win them in a race. They are even worth the $80 retail. they are light, cool looking, really powerful (they lock the brakes after half the lever travel how they are set up, but you can pull them back to the grip after that!) , but there is no way that I can see to keep the cable in the less powerful, less cable pull slot in the lever. That is the only bad thing about them. 4

Similar Products Used: Dia compe stuff (STINKS!)
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4
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jerry   cross-country rider [Jan 24, 1997]

I've matched these with SRPs the Brake and have had no problems with either. The Real levers are very smooth, have a nice No Slop feel and feel very good to my hands. I ride hard and often but at 47 years old may not subject my stuff to conditions that a more on the edge person might, however, again, the Real levers perform very well from fast logging road descents to my favorite 2700 vertical foot, 4 mile long descent through gorgeous Doug fir old growth forests with loose rock sections, soft fir needle trails, root filled turns and drops, I wish you were all here cause its so much fun!!!

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4
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Phil   racer [Jan 24, 1997]

When I first bought these brake levers they were very smooth but after a year and a half of racing the rear brake lever created alot of slop but the front brake lever has remained smooth. Other than that these brake levers are descent levers for their money.

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4
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JOEL   [Jan 03, 1997]

THEY WORK INCREDIBLY WITH CANTIS AND I GOT THEM VERY CHEAP - FREE. GREAT LEVER GREAT LOOKS. THE BOLT COMES LOOSE TOO OFTEN THOUGH. IF YOU WANT SOME GOOD LEVERS GET THEM.

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5
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Jens Sorenson   racer [Jan 09, 1997]

These real levers work pretty good with my xtr v brakes and stop my klein real fast. In the long pull setting I can get a lot of control out of the brakes from slow braking to both wheels locked up on wet cement. Thats right I can make my front wheel skid on wet cement with these and my xtr v brakes. Its pretty cool, but you have to get back a little. One problem I didn't get mine for 2 months because the freakin southern bastards at performance ran out. I hate southern inbreeds.

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4
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Jake Petre   cross-country rider [Jan 23, 1998]

These levers are great-looking. At 127g they are very light, too. They feel real good. Pauls are smoother and I would get them if given the chance. But Real levers are great anyway and I'm pleased with them. I ride all conditions and they heve proven themselves to me. Four chilis!

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4
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